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 Ruth Estelle <I>Hall</I> Stephens

Ruth Estelle Hall Stephens

Death 14 Jan 2008 (aged 69)
Burial Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA
Memorial ID 62715460 · View Source
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Wife of David Lee Stephens, SSG US Army

Anchorage Daily News January 25, 2008

Anchorage resident Ruth E. Stephens, 69, died Jan. 14, 2008, at Providence Alaska Medical Center. A memorial service was Feb. 17 at the Masonic Temple, 1431 Eagle St.

Ruth Hall grew up on her parent's tobacco farm in Maryland. Ruth was a pre-med student at the University of Maryland in 1956, when she married professional football player Gerald Petersen. They had two children together and moved to Colorado in 1970, where Ruth completed her degree in nursing at the University of Southern Colorado and became a registered nurse.

In 1980, Ruth Petersen married David Stephens and together they moved to Alaska, where Ruth worked as a nurse at the Alaska Native Hospital and the Alaska Community Hospital. In 1985, Ruth took a job as an agency nurse for Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. In 1987, she took a staff job at Tripler and from then on, Ruth and Dave traveled back and forth between Alaska and Hawaii until they retired to Alaska in 2005.

Ruth belonged to the Ladies Oriental Shrine, Order of the Amaranth and Order of the Eastern Star. She loved crafts, jigsaw puzzles and dogs, she collected giraffe figurines, salt-pepper shakers and miniature shoes. "Ruth loved to dance and boogie board in Hawaii and had many dear friends and was always helping someone," her family wrote. She was preceded in death by her son, Vince.

She was survived by her husband, David Stephens; brother, Harvey Hall of Maryland; son and daughter-in-law, Randy Petersen and Tammie Stoops of Anchorage; daughter-in-law, Annie Petersen of Arizona; foster son, Burly Boughman and his wife, Lola; and her beloved grandchildren, Jacob, Tori and Laura.

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